Rental Property Fire Presents a Review of Residential Insurance Policies in Michigan

On September 29, 2015, the Michigan Court of Appeals  affirmed a directed verdict granted to an insurance agent, Jervis-Fehtke (Jervis), on a professional negligence claim brought by a property owner, Williams, as a result of damage to Williams’ rental property caused by fire.

After a gas explosion destroyed Williams rental property, Williams submitted a claim to her insurer, Auto-Owners Insurance Company (Auto Owner). Auto-Owners denied the claim because Williams’ policy did not cover losses caused by  explosions originating from outside of the property. Williams, appearing …

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Insurer Does Not Waive Right to Rescind Policy After Cancellation Due to Misrepresentation – If the Rescission is Based on Different Misrepresentations

The recent case of Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Yahia Motan & Motan Yahia reminds all practitioners of the importance of accurate responses in insurance applications. Auto-Owners addressed the issue of misrepresentations made in commercial insurance policies. 2015 Mich. App. LEXIS 1659 (MI App. 1st Dist. 2015). Decided on September 8, 2015, the Michigan Appellate Court found in favor of the insurer, finding that it relied on the insured’s misrepresentations made in the application to justify cancellation and rescission.

Najieb Jabbar, an agent of Motan …

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